Top-Ranked Master's Degree Programs and Universities in Southern U.S.

Top master's degree programs and universities in the Southern U.S., ranked by U.S. News & World Report as Regional Universities - South, offer a wide variety of educational programs and award master's degree programs to their graduates. However, most do not offer doctorate programs. Search our list of accredited master's universities and find the perfect master's degree online.

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Eastern Kentucky University

Richmond, KY

Founded in 1906, Eastern Kentucky University (EKU) is a public institution residing on 675 rural acres in Richmond, Kentucky. The school offers a variety of degrees in general education, the arts, the sciences, business, education, pre-professional and professional areas, and applied and technical disciplines. EKU is also widely known as a military-friendly school, and is therefore very popular with veterans.

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Francis Marion University

Florence, SC

A public institution founded in 1970, Francis Marion University resides on 400 rural acres in Florence, South Carolina. The school offers a broad range of undergraduate degrees and a select number of graduate programs. The Francis Marion University Patriots compete in the NCAA Division II Peach Belt Conference.

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Pfeiffer University

Misenheimer, NC

A private institution founded in 1885, Pfeiffer University resides on 370 rural acres in Misenheimer, North Carolina. The school is affiliated with the Methodist Church, and offers more than 35 undergraduate majors and several graduate programs. The Pfeiffer University Falcons compete in the NCAA Division II Conference Carolinas.

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Valdosta State University

Valdosta, GA

Valdosta State University is a public institution founded in 1906 and located in the city of Valdosta, Ga. The university offers undergraduate degrees through collges of the arts, arts and science, business administration, education and nursing. The university also offers 58 graduate degree programs. The school offers 196 student clubs and organizations and also has an active Greek system.

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Florida Gulf Coast University

Fort Myers, FL

Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU), a public institution founded in 1991, resides on 760 suburban acres in Fort Meyers, Florida. The school offers 52 undergraduate and 30 graduate degree programs. The FGCU sports teams - known as the Eagles - compete in the NCAA Division I Atlantic Sun Conference.

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Liberty University

Lynchburg, VA

Liberty University, a private institution founded in 1971, resides on 6,500 urban acres in Lynchburg, Virginia. The school is affiliated with the Southern Baptist Church, and offers 253 undergraduate and 87 graduate programs. Liberty University sports teams - known as the Flames - compete in the NCAA Division I Big South Conference.

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Northern Kentucky University

Highland Heights, KY

Founded in 1968, Northern Kentucky University (NKU) is a public institution residing on 398 suburban acres in Highland Heights, Kentucky. The school offers six associate's degrees, 70 bachelor's degrees and more than 20 graduate programs. The NKU Norse compete in the NCAA Division I Atlantic Sun Conference.

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Union College

Barbourville, KY

A private school founded in 1879, Union College is located on 100 acres in rural Barbourville, Ken. Union College is affiliated with the United Methodist Church and seeks to cultivate the exploration of intellectual and social dimensions of Christianity. The school offers undergraduate degrees through the college of arts and sciences as well as pre-professional, technical and skills-oriented fields, as well as graduate degrees in education and psychology.

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Campbellsville University

Campbellsville, KY

Founded in 1906, Campbellsville University is a private institution residing on 95 rural acres in Campbellsville, Kentucky. The school offers undergraduate and graduate degrees from its Colleges of Arts & Science, Business & Economics, Social Work & Counseling, Education, Music, Nursing and Theology. Campbellsville University is affiliated with the Baptist Church.

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Winston-Salem State University

Winston-Salem, NC

Founded in 1892, Winston-Salem State University is a historically black public institution located on a 110-acre campus in the city of Winston-Salem, N.C. The university offers degree programs within four "academic centers of excellence": health services, science and technology, teaching and learning, and financial services. Winston-Salem State University also offers 10 graduate degrees and certificates in nursing and computer programming.

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Arkansas Tech University

Russellville, AR

A public institution, Arkansas Tech University has been offering online education since 2004. The school's web-based component is called eTECH, and offers several undergraduate and graduate programs. Additional resources for Arkansas Tech University online students include course previews, telephone support and email support.

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Henderson State University

Arkadelphia, AR

Henderson State University, a public institution founded in 1890, resides on 152 rural acres in Arkadelphia, Arkansas. It is the only school in Arkansas that is a member of the Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges. Henderson's academic programs are divided into three colleges: The Matt Locke Ellis College of Arts and Sciences, The School of Business and the Teachers College.

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McNeese State University

Lake Charles, LA

McNeese State University, a public institution founded in 1939, resides on 98 urban acres in Lake Charles, Louisiana. The school offers a wide variety of undergraduate and graduate degree programs divided into eight colleges, including the Burton College of Education and the William J. Dore, Sr. School of Graduate Studies. The McNesse Cowboys and Cowgirls compete in NCAA Division I athletics.

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Nicholls State University

Thibodaux, LA

Founded in 1948, Nicholls State University is a public institution residing on 210 rural acres in Thibodaux, Louisiana. The school offers programs divided into seven colleges: Arts and Sciences, Business Administration, Education, Nursing and Allied Health, the John Folse Culinary Institute, the University College and Graduate Studies. The Nicholls Colonels compete in NCAA Division I athletics.

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University of the Cumberlands

Williamsburg, KY

A private school founded in 1842, Cumberland University is located on 44 acres in suburban Lebanon, Tenn., about 30 miles east of Nashville. The university provides a contemporary liberal arts education, with a core curriculum that includes cultural arts, humanities, social sciences, mathematics and natural sciences. The university includes schools of business and technology, education and public service, liberal arts and sciences, music and the arts, nursing and professional development. Cumberland University also offers graduate programs, including business administration, teaching, public service management, fine arts and sport and exercise pedagogy.

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University of West Georgia

Carrollton, GA

Founded in 1906 as an agricultural and mechanical school, the University of West Georgia (UWG) now provides an outstanding online education program. The school has web-based bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees. UWG online students also have access to a 24-hour help line and a distance education center.

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Charleston Southern University

Charleston, SC

Charleston Southern University, founded in 1964, is a private institution residing on 300 suburban acres in Charleston, South Carolina. The school offers more than 30 undergraduate and graduate degree programs. Charleston Southern University students have 36 student organizations and 17 NCAA athletic teams to participate in as well.

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Montreat College

Montreat, NC

Montreat College, a private institution founded in 1916, resides on 112 suburban acres in Montreat, North Carolina. It is affiliated with the Presbyterian Church and offers undergraduate, graduate and professional degree programs. The Montreat College sports teams - known as the Cavaliers - compete in the NAIA Appalachian Athletic Conference.

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University of North Carolina--Pembroke

Pembroke, NC

A public school founded in 1887, the University of North Carolina - Pembroke is located on 161 acres in rural Pembroke, N.C. The school was originally founded as an American Indians institution for the Lumbee tribe. The liberal arts school offers degrees in more than 40 majors and graduate programs in education, business administration, public administration, social work and teaching.

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